Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In Search of the Best Quote About Foreign Language Learning, Results!

Three weeks ago we started a basic game about famous quotes about languages and the learning of languages entitled: "Looking for the best quote about languages and their learning". It was simply to choose the best quote about this theme from those that were shown in the article (if you haven't read the article we invite you to do so right now!) As we said, it's something that we are very passionate about, famous quotes about languages and the learning of them, because as you can see in the list of quotes from the article, there are some marvellous quotes that really make you think. And now we have a winner!(The photo above might give you some clue!) There were teachers and members of Tía Tula staff, students of the school, writers of this blog and some of our followers on the Tía Tula Facebook that had voted in this game, thank you for your contributions!

To pay tribute to the second and third place quotes, which may be less well known, but for some hold a greater meaning, here is the top three quotes!

1. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” - (Nelson Mandela, South African politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1993)

2. “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world” (Chinese proverb)

3.  “Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world” (Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian poet)

The winner, the Mandela quote, was the clear favourite from the start. The truth is that it swept the floor with votes with a great distance between first and second place. As is well known by everyone, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was an activist, a lawyer and a South African politician in the twentieth and twenty first centuries, though the main reason people know him is due to his peaceful fight against racial segregation. He was the first black prime minister of the republic of South Africa (1994 and 1999). He established a democratic political model for his country and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against racism in 1993. In his quote Madiba-a nickname he was known as by many in his country which has now become a fashionable way to refer to him- he speaks to us about the power that words possess, and how that power is multiplied when you know a language of a different culture. Power that in one way you feel in your heart directly, power of communication without filters or barriers. A beautiful and brilliant way of thinking that creates cause to reflect.

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